How to Make Your New Boss Happy

June 13, 2013

Career Advice

How to make your boss happyWe’ve touched on new hire etiquette and tips for succes as a new employee, but we’ve got some more advice for you. After all, you don’t want to go from hired to fired before you can even celebrate your new gig. Here are three things to avoid if you want your new boss to let you “pass go” at the end of your probationary period, which can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

DON’T Be a Know-It-All.
You were hired because of your expertise, there’s not doubt about it. But don’t get overly confident. You are the new kid on the block, which is a tough place to be. Act humble and take in any advice you can get. Think twice before making rash statements about how the business is run — you don’t know the full story yet.

DON’T Expect a Pat on the Back at the End of Every Day.
It doesn’t mean your boss doesn’t appreciate your work. In fact, it might be a good thing if nothing is said! That means things are running smoothly and you’re fitting right in. Try setting up a monthly check-in with your boss to get some general feedback then remember those glowing comments when you are feeling under-appreciated.

DON’T Burn Yourself Out.
This is a marathon, not a sprint. Your new boss wants you — the shiny new employee — to perform at a top level. And you can’t do that if you’ve overextended yourself. Acclimate to your new position slowly but efficiently. Ask the right questions before diving into a project that will get you over your head. Be smart about it and you’ll do great.

Image by Kumar Appaiah/Flickr.

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